Green Tips

We recognize that not all offices are the same. Decide what level of practice your workplace falls into – just starting out, ready to take it to the next level, or already a green office looking to improve – and look to the suggestions below to increase your effectiveness.

Level 1 – Just starting out

  • Participate in the recycling program at your building. Contact your Property Manager at 202.638.3000 for mixed paper or bottle & can recycling receptacles and a list of recyclable materials.
  • Turn off lights when leaving an office, conference room or break room.
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Level 2 – Ready for the next step

  • Unplug a cell phone or laptop once its battery is fully charged.
  • Consider three-way task lamps; they make it easier to keep lighting levels low when brighter light is not necessary.
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Level 3 – Already a green office, looking to improve

  • Use refillable pens. Pen refills cost as little as $1 each, priced almost the same as disposable ones. Pens are often tossed into the garbage and not recycled or reused. Their components and packaging are made from nonrenewable resources and can contain environmentally damaging chemicals. Every year, Americans discard 1.6 billion pens.
  • Consider reduced-wattage light fixtures or motion detector-controlled lighting in common areas such as corridors, conference rooms or copier areas.
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Tips for Home

  • Unplug your TV when it’s not in use. You’ll save money and energy. Between 10 and 15 percent of a TV’s energy is still used when it’s powered “off.” To make this easier, try connecting your TV to an outlet that is connected to a wall switch.
  • Run full loads in your dishwasher to save energy, and, when possible, don’t pre-rinse your dishes before putting them in. Do both and you’ll save up to 20 gallons of water per dish load, or 7,300 gallons per year. That’s as much water as the average person drinks in a lifetime. (If you must hand wash your dishes, turn off the tap while you scrub.)
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